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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #1300 on: October 23, 2019, 12:03:17 PM »
Tonight: Zuppa Tuscana with shaved Parmesan cheese garnish.
Tomorrow: Trying out a new dish - teriyaki salmon and broccoli, made in the oven.

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« Reply #1301 on: October 23, 2019, 03:56:01 PM »
I made this last night:  https://www.budgetbytes.com/one-pot-creamy-pesto-chicken-pasta/

I doubled the pasta because the pack was 500 grams, and I doubled the stock.  I also added a few pan fried pine nuts to it.  I substituted normal shredded tasty cheese for the cream cheese.  Fantastic!

I also have leftovers for lunch today.  Yum

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« Reply #1302 on: October 24, 2019, 02:22:15 PM »
Italian sausage, meatballs, red sauce, mushrooms, olives.  No pasta, this is the kingdom of lo-carb.

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« Reply #1303 on: October 24, 2019, 04:05:30 PM »
Spaghetti squash asian-style with a peanut butter/rice vinegar/soy sauce, etc. sauce and lots of herbs and sesame seeds tossed in.

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« Reply #1304 on: October 24, 2019, 04:27:15 PM »
Leek and potato soup with seedy bread to dip - not homemade bread this time, DH wanted something I don't usually make.  Great fall food, though, and I'm happy to be stocking up the freezer with soups!

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« Reply #1305 on: October 24, 2019, 09:28:43 PM »
https://www.thekitchn.com/chicken-spaghetti-22949285

A little more work than I usually put into pasta dishes, but I made enough for two more dinners and a lunch, so most will go into the freezer for quick meals.

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« Reply #1306 on: October 25, 2019, 05:54:40 PM »
Frozen gluten-free pizza from Costco, topped with pepperoni, salami, green bell pepper, and fresh basil. Side dish of garlicky sauteed zucchini.

It's grant season and my only break all day was spent on a quick shower and reheated lunch. I'm putting Costco frozen pizza on my Thanksgiving gratitude list next month.

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« Reply #1307 on: October 26, 2019, 08:57:12 AM »
I guess we'll just warm up a frozen pizza tonight, as we bought them for the occasion. The house needs to stay fully staged for the viewing tomorrow. Tomorrow evening we might eat somewhere in a restaurant because of next viewing the next day..

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« Reply #1308 on: October 26, 2019, 09:31:35 AM »
Big pot of beanless chili, ricotta biscuits and coleslaw.

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« Reply #1309 on: October 26, 2019, 10:50:06 AM »
Picadillo seasoned with a homemade garlicky tomato, guajillo, and pasilla sauce and mixed with some pinquito beans. I'll probably eat it with corn tortillas. Husband will probably opt for rice.

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« Reply #1310 on: October 27, 2019, 03:39:24 PM »
We're having: grilled salmon & chicken sausages (1/2 diners will choose one, & the other half the other) & brussels sprouts. My 12 year old also made homemade breadsticks, so the kids will also have that.

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« Reply #1311 on: October 27, 2019, 04:21:16 PM »
Picadillo seasoned with a homemade garlicky tomato, guajillo, and pasilla sauce and mixed with some pinquito beans. I'll probably eat it with corn tortillas. Husband will probably opt for rice.

This sounds fantastic!

It's 31 and snowing here and has been all day, so I pulled all the packages labelled "soup bones" that came with our 1/2 steer and the tail, roasted them for an hour at 350, and then dumped everything into a large pot with some water and a few bay leaves. Half the shredded meat is already in the freezer, and I'll make stew with the other half and some of the stock.

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« Reply #1312 on: October 27, 2019, 05:56:20 PM »
Picadillo seasoned with a homemade garlicky tomato, guajillo, and pasilla sauce and mixed with some pinquito beans. I'll probably eat it with corn tortillas. Husband will probably opt for rice.

This sounds fantastic!

It's 31 and snowing here and has been all day, so I pulled all the packages labelled "soup bones" that came with our 1/2 steer and the tail, roasted them for an hour at 350, and then dumped everything into a large pot with some water and a few bay leaves. Half the shredded meat is already in the freezer, and I'll make stew with the other half and some of the stock.

It was really good and deeply satisfying.

Your homemade beef soup/stock sounds amazing! There are few meals that I enjoy more than a big bowl of beef-vegetable soup.

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« Reply #1313 on: October 27, 2019, 05:58:34 PM »
Tonight's dinner: the rest of the half-lb of ground beef cooked into homemade red sauce. I tossed a parmesan rind into the sauce pot because, why not? We'll eat it with pasta.

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« Reply #1314 on: October 27, 2019, 08:38:52 PM »
Picadillo seasoned with a homemade garlicky tomato, guajillo, and pasilla sauce and mixed with some pinquito beans. I'll probably eat it with corn tortillas. Husband will probably opt for rice.

This sounds fantastic!

It's 31 and snowing here and has been all day, so I pulled all the packages labelled "soup bones" that came with our 1/2 steer and the tail, roasted them for an hour at 350, and then dumped everything into a large pot with some water and a few bay leaves. Half the shredded meat is already in the freezer, and I'll make stew with the other half and some of the stock.

It was really good and deeply satisfying.

Your homemade beef soup/stock sounds amazing! There are few meals that I enjoy more than a big bowl of beef-vegetable soup.

It was delicious, and also a huge PITA. I'm a big believer in using the entire animal, but I also spent over an hour separating meat from bones (and other stuff). Fortunately, it was pretty icky outside, what with snow blowing sideways, so a good day to be spending more time cooking. And I'll be happy to have the stock, and the shredded meat.

Also, the soup was lovely.

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« Reply #1315 on: October 28, 2019, 06:06:04 PM »
I made a big batch of this pumpkin bisque, because it's pumpkin season:

https://happyhealthymama.com/pantry-pumpkin-bisque.html

Plus, cave-aged gruyere cheese and Vermont cheddar melted on toasted sourdough baguettes.

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« Reply #1316 on: October 28, 2019, 06:19:41 PM »
I wanted a light dinner so I just finished 3 scrambled eggs and 5 pieces of buttered toast.

Did I just eat breakfast for dinner?

HA!
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« Reply #1317 on: October 28, 2019, 08:58:07 PM »
MMM-approved pasta'n'beans from this weekend's NY Times. It's fancied up with buerre blanc, and we threw in some kale.

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« Reply #1318 on: October 29, 2019, 12:54:26 AM »
Tonight was risotto with leeks, shallots, and mushrooms. Side was whole green beans, blanched, then grilled with olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt.  Happily, there is risotto left over, which means yummy lunch for me!

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« Reply #1319 on: October 29, 2019, 01:21:54 AM »
I think it will be a wok full of beans or lentils, some veggies and some blue cheese or Brie. And fresh herbs, we have basil, oregano and parsley. I will probably freeze the parsley.

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« Reply #1320 on: October 29, 2019, 07:48:59 AM »
I've been faux dry-aging a couple t-bone steaks in the fridge.  I'll do a simple cook on those, and have them with sauteed mushrooms and our new favorite fish sauce roasted broccoli.

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« Reply #1321 on: October 29, 2019, 08:27:20 AM »
I've been faux dry-aging a couple t-bone steaks in the fridge. 

How does this work? I know the gist of actual dry aging but seems really finicky to do in a normal fridge so I've never tried.

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« Reply #1322 on: October 29, 2019, 08:41:19 AM »
Vegetarian sausages, with roasted veg — sweet potato, onion, pepper, garlic

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« Reply #1323 on: October 29, 2019, 10:53:21 AM »
Roasted chicken in shawarma marinade with garlic sauce, green salad, maybe roasted cauliflower.

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« Reply #1324 on: October 30, 2019, 08:26:46 AM »
I've been faux dry-aging a couple t-bone steaks in the fridge. 

How does this work? I know the gist of actual dry aging but seems really finicky to do in a normal fridge so I've never tried.

I just salt them and put them on a rack above a plate, then flip and salt again and let them dry out for a few days.  They aren't as tenderized, but it gets the excess moisture out.  It looks like the real way to do it would be to get some Koji rice to rub them with.  https://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/how-to/article/dry-age-shortcut-koji

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« Reply #1325 on: October 30, 2019, 12:26:49 PM »
Tonight we had veggie burgers, which I think contsined beet root to give the burger the association with bloody red meat. It worked, I had that association, but I generally don't like rare meat, so it turned me off mentally a bit.
Served with cooked broccoli and cooked potatoes. With a creamy sauce with a good blue cheese in it.

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« Reply #1326 on: October 30, 2019, 05:32:58 PM »
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/251837/curried-squash-chicken-soup/

(Except, used an actual baked Kabocha squash, a full can of full-fat coconut milk, less shredded chicken (.8 lb thighs was in the freezer), a bunch of bok choi and made rice.

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« Reply #1327 on: October 31, 2019, 07:26:06 AM »
Pork chops (haven’t decided the preparation). Side of roasted beets in orange-balsamic vinaigrette with goat cheese and pecans. Possibly another vegetable side.

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« Reply #1328 on: October 31, 2019, 07:31:36 AM »
I have put boneless chicken thighs to thaw. Need to make something with that, probably with pepper and squash.

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« Reply #1329 on: October 31, 2019, 07:37:25 AM »
I have put boneless chicken thighs to thaw. Need to make something with that, probably with pepper and squash.

This is what we did with ours on Tuesday: https://www.copymethat.com/r/Sx46RVV/nyt-chicken-shawarma/. It is very good, especially with garlic sauce (approx. 200 ml of thick, full-fat yogurt with minced garlic (1 or 2 cloves, depending on preference), juice from half a lemon, salt to taste).

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« Reply #1330 on: October 31, 2019, 07:42:56 AM »
I have put boneless chicken thighs to thaw. Need to make something with that, probably with pepper and squash.

This is what we did with ours on Tuesday: https://www.copymethat.com/r/Sx46RVV/nyt-chicken-shawarma/. It is very good, especially with garlic sauce (approx. 200 ml of thick, full-fat yogurt with minced garlic (1 or 2 cloves, depending on preference), juice from half a lemon, salt to taste).

Thanks for the idea. But it takes quite a bit of time that I don't have on a working day: one hour marinating and 40 minutes in the oven. I would need to do a quick and dirty version of it, using the spices, but skipping the marination time and just stir fry the meat.

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« Reply #1331 on: October 31, 2019, 08:48:29 AM »
I have put boneless chicken thighs to thaw. Need to make something with that, probably with pepper and squash.

I was going to suggest soup, with potatoes and vegetables, but I'm not sure peppers and squash are the best for that. Summer squash, or winter squash? If it's winter squash, I'm probably go ahead with the soup and use the peppers for salad (or saute them).

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« Reply #1332 on: October 31, 2019, 12:16:29 PM »
I have put boneless chicken thighs to thaw. Need to make something with that, probably with pepper and squash.

I was going to suggest soup, with potatoes and vegetables, but I'm not sure peppers and squash are the best for that. Summer squash, or winter squash? If it's winter squash, I'm probably go ahead with the soup and use the peppers for salad (or saute them).

Just normal summer squash. In Norway we don't have winter squash. I looked them up and it was summer squash, which we just call squash.

I made the dish above with rice. Chicken in the oven with the herbs. Veggies in the sty fry with the same herbs and a good dash of thick cream. Use some fresh parsley for topping. It tasted well.

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« Reply #1333 on: October 31, 2019, 12:52:30 PM »
I have put boneless chicken thighs to thaw. Need to make something with that, probably with pepper and squash.

I was going to suggest soup, with potatoes and vegetables, but I'm not sure peppers and squash are the best for that. Summer squash, or winter squash? If it's winter squash, I'm probably go ahead with the soup and use the peppers for salad (or saute them).

Just normal summer squash. In Norway we don't have winter squash. I looked them up and it was summer squash, which we just call squash.

I made the dish above with rice. Chicken in the oven with the herbs. Veggies in the sty fry with the same herbs and a good dash of thick cream. Use some fresh parsley for topping. It tasted well.

No winter squash?  What a tragedy!  I'd be lost without kabocha and acorn squashes and, although my least favorite to cut, butternut!

Tonight we are having one last "simple summer pasta" with our garden tomatoes.  I don't think we'll get enough more to make another batch of the sauce (tomatoes sauteed with garlic and onions then simmered with wine or broth and cannelini beans) this year.  It was glorious while it lasted!

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« Reply #1334 on: November 01, 2019, 05:34:34 AM »
This summer I joined a CSA and for 16 weeks got a variety of veggies and some fruits. One thing I got a lot of was squash. Yellow squash, zukes, Delicato. We also got a lot of eggplants. I am not a big fan of squash and prepared it different ways and it was always kind of yuk to me. How do you all cook yours. I have tried slicing it and coating with olive oil, salt, pepper, Italian spices. Roasting in the oven, on the grill, in a skillet and it is blah. There is only so much eggplant parmesan anyone can eat. I have dipped them in flour, egg, breadcrumbs and baked in the oven. Very good and have frozen them for later on.

I am on the fence about joining the CSA again because I just don't want all the squash's unless I can find some good recipes!

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« Reply #1335 on: November 01, 2019, 05:47:43 AM »
With zucchini, I often slice or spiralize it and sauté it in olive oil with garlic, fresh tomatoes, and Penzey's Greek seasoning. Sometimes I add mushrooms or red bell pepper and/or a splash of red wine vinegar. Once everything is soft, I crumble in some feta.

Zucchini is also good grated in fritters or quick bread, or diced up as one of several ingredients in soup or stir-fry.

My only suggestion for eggplant is baba ganoush. It's the only way my husband will eat it. If you roast the eggplant on a grill to give it some char, it tastes even better. I agree that eggplant parmesan is delightful.

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« Reply #1336 on: November 01, 2019, 06:30:34 AM »
I usually cut summer squash into pieces and add them to a wok with red pepper, mushrooms, meat/cheese and when I still used to eat unions, an union. It is one of my default low fodmap stir fry vegetables for pasta or rice dishes. I also put it on pizza.

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« Reply #1337 on: November 01, 2019, 06:35:27 AM »
I like to mix summer squash or zucchini into a baked ziti type casserole, or baked in a casserole with red wine vinegar and italian herbs.  Zucchini bread is always a hit.  I haven't tried spiralized yet, but I did slice a large one lengthwise to make lasagna with meat sauce, which was pretty good.  One of my coworkers puts zucchini in her meatloaf.

DH refuses to eat eggplant in any incarnation, so I haven't had the opportunity to experiment with that.

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« Reply #1338 on: November 01, 2019, 07:10:50 AM »
Another thing I did with eggplant is breaded them as if I would for eggplant parmesan. Prior to breading, I cut the eggplant into strips like thick French fries. Then baked in the oven till a bit crispy. They did come out good! (Eggplant French Fries). However, this was on the tail end of the CSA and I didn't discover this till one of my last eggplants.

I wonder how balsamic vinegar on the squash would be rather than red wine vinegar?

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« Reply #1339 on: November 01, 2019, 07:14:41 AM »
Another thing I did with eggplant is breaded them as if I would for eggplant parmesan. Prior to breading, I cut the eggplant into strips like thick French fries. Then baked in the oven till a bit crispy. They did come out good! (Eggplant French Fries). However, this was on the tail end of the CSA and I didn't discover this till one of my last eggplants.

I wonder how balsamic vinegar on the squash would be rather than red wine vinegar?

I've done balsamic as well, depending on what I was serving it with.  Balsamic is stronger and sweeter.  Still works very well - really you can probably use any good flavored vinegar, though I've never tried with white wine or rice vinegar.  Apple cider vinegar works too, though again depends what you are serving it with.

Those fries sound good!  Bet it would work with zucchini as well.

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« Reply #1340 on: November 01, 2019, 09:54:41 AM »
I have put boneless chicken thighs to thaw. Need to make something with that, probably with pepper and squash.

I was going to suggest soup, with potatoes and vegetables, but I'm not sure peppers and squash are the best for that. Summer squash, or winter squash? If it's winter squash, I'm probably go ahead with the soup and use the peppers for salad (or saute them).

Just normal summer squash. In Norway we don't have winter squash. I looked them up and it was summer squash, which we just call squash.

I made the dish above with rice. Chicken in the oven with the herbs. Veggies in the sty fry with the same herbs and a good dash of thick cream. Use some fresh parsley for topping. It tasted well.

No winter squash?  What a tragedy!  I'd be lost without kabocha and acorn squashes and, although my least favorite to cut, butternut!

Of the things you name, we only have butternut squash, but only in very few shops that out outside my daily route. I think pumpkin might have a similar function and I hope they are on sale from now.
Maybe we should build a greenhouse some time and grow our own inspiring stuff.

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« Reply #1341 on: November 01, 2019, 10:23:22 AM »

Of the things you name, we only have butternut squash, but only in very few shops that out outside my daily route. I think pumpkin might have a similar function and I hope they are on sale from now.
Maybe we should build a greenhouse some time and grow our own inspiring stuff.

I'm not a big fan of hard squash other than butternut, pumpkin, and spaghetti squash. I'd think the butternut and pumpkin would be interchangeable in many recipes.

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« Reply #1342 on: November 01, 2019, 10:34:13 AM »

Of the things you name, we only have butternut squash, but only in very few shops that out outside my daily route. I think pumpkin might have a similar function and I hope they are on sale from now.
Maybe we should build a greenhouse some time and grow our own inspiring stuff.

I'm not a big fan of hard squash other than butternut, pumpkin, and spaghetti squash. I'd think the butternut and pumpkin would be interchangeable in many recipes.

Kabocha squash is like a vastly improved pumpkin: it's less watery and bland, and more sweet and delicious. Kiri squash is similar. Delicata has the benefit of (if you scrub it) edible skin, so you can cut it in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and cut it into thin rounds, then sautee them.

Also, there are a ton of traditional Japanese recipes for Kabocha squash (which, yes, would work for other kinds too), for variation in the winter diet.

I wonder if Linda can't get these because of the growing season length?

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« Reply #1343 on: November 01, 2019, 10:36:17 AM »

Of the things you name, we only have butternut squash, but only in very few shops that out outside my daily route. I think pumpkin might have a similar function and I hope they are on sale from now.
Maybe we should build a greenhouse some time and grow our own inspiring stuff.

I'm not a big fan of hard squash other than butternut, pumpkin, and spaghetti squash. I'd think the butternut and pumpkin would be interchangeable in many recipes.

Kabocha squash is like a vastly improved pumpkin: it's less watery and bland, and more sweet and delicious. Kiri squash is similar. Delicata has the benefit of (if you scrub it) edible skin, so you can cut it in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and cut it into thin rounds, then sautee them.

Also, there are a ton of traditional Japanese recipes for Kabocha squash (which, yes, would work for other kinds too), for variation in the winter diet.

I wonder if Linda can't get these because of the growing season length?

I think i've only ever seen delicata squash in the local produce market, and only once. I didn't buy it then because I'm not a huge fan of acorn squash and didn't know if the two would be similar.

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« Reply #1344 on: November 01, 2019, 03:18:13 PM »

Of the things you name, we only have butternut squash, but only in very few shops that out outside my daily route. I think pumpkin might have a similar function and I hope they are on sale from now.
Maybe we should build a greenhouse some time and grow our own inspiring stuff.

I'm not a big fan of hard squash other than butternut, pumpkin, and spaghetti squash. I'd think the butternut and pumpkin would be interchangeable in many recipes.

Kabocha squash is like a vastly improved pumpkin: it's less watery and bland, and more sweet and delicious. Kiri squash is similar. Delicata has the benefit of (if you scrub it) edible skin, so you can cut it in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and cut it into thin rounds, then sautee them.

Also, there are a ton of traditional Japanese recipes for Kabocha squash (which, yes, would work for other kinds too), for variation in the winter diet.

I wonder if Linda can't get these because of the growing season length?

Norway has to import most of these squashe types and I think they just don't import them. And our local shops only have like 1500-2000 goods to keep them cheapish. It really pays off to buy at those limited shops. And I need to drive alot to find a shop that sells more, like the butternut squash, and I only visit it occasionally. But next time I visit such a shop, I will look around whether they have any of the other squashes.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #1345 on: November 01, 2019, 04:47:09 PM »
Making gluten free frozen pizza from Costco tonight.  Going to add some fresh pepperoni to give it a bit of pizazz. 

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #1346 on: November 01, 2019, 09:15:53 PM »
We were at a soccer game 4-6 pm (and the school hadn't shoveled our bleachers, so we were standing in snow -- brr!) so when we got home we re-heated a block of chili from the freezer and had clean-out-the-fridge nachos, with tortilla chips, grated cheese, a couple of jalapinos that I dry-roasted in a skillet and then chopped,(and seeded) and a big salad.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #1347 on: November 02, 2019, 08:44:39 AM »
I was supposed to try making pupusas tonight, but I forgot to soak the beans last night.  Instead maybe I'll make sweet potato gnocchi - I've been meaning to try my gnocchi recipe with sweet potato, and I have some extra from the sweet potato soup I made last week.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #1348 on: November 02, 2019, 08:50:16 AM »
I'm always amazed at all you creatives out there that manage to find interesting ways to use up random leftover ingredients.  I have no confidence with this so DH and I never buy extra ingredients, but try to get as spot on as possible in order to have just the amount to put in the recipes we make each night.  There are a few things, of course, that we always end up with extra of that I go to great lengths to try to use up randomly, but it's just usually small bits of ginger or what-have-you.  The worst is parsley.  Always too much and I really don't love the herb, so I hate using it when I don't absolutely have to and it often spoils before we finish it.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #1349 on: November 02, 2019, 09:07:28 AM »
Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic, in the Instant Pot.  I've never had it before but I don't see any way this can go wrong.  :-)